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TheatreOCU is unique and special, serving as the public laboratory and showcase for the School of Theatre's professional training programs. The company is modeled after the classical repertory theatres in the USA, Canada, England, and Europe. Students function as young professionals in a setting where the rules and discipline of the contemporary theatre are observed. Professional attitudes and work practices are expected of our entire production team; faculty, staff and students at all times. Operating rules are modeled after those of the professional theatrical unions (AEA, USA and IATSE). Productions at TheatreOCU will mirror much of what is produced by prominent regional theatres around the country and balance selections from the classical repertoire with significant contemporary works. It is designed to serve as an integral extension of the student's classroom study and studio training.

Performance opportunities are designed to provide our students with a mentored experience in a professional theatre production. Acting process skills such as voice, movement, and style techniques will be reinforced and applied in the rehearsal environment. The production season offers the students a chance to experience a wide range of forms and styles. The training program uses a traditional professional theatre model so that students will be better prepared to enter the profession.


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As a performance major at OCU, you will have the opportunity to audition for a wide array of different production opportunities- from musicals, opera and dance, to straight plays, and classics, from fully mounted productions to black box shows and staged readings, from guest artist and faculty directors to student directors, on our stages and those of our three professional partners. You will dive into rigorous curriculums taught by working professionals, and learn to grow and thrive as an artist in our small, safe, ensemble classrooms.


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The Design and Production area provides the design and technical elements for the School of Theatre and Bass School of Music. Each year we produce five main stage theatre productions, two fully mounted musicals and two operas, eight Stage II plays, and five children's theatre productions.

Design and production opportunities are structured to give the students practical, realized projects where they are expected to synthesize and apply skills gained in the classroom and from previous experiences. The production assignments will regularly stretch and challenge the students, continually expanding their capabilities as they develop in a mentored environment.

Our students continue to develop their craft during the summer. Design and production majors typically spend their summers working in the profession. In recent years, Oklahoma City University students have received positions and internships with: Cirque du Soleil, Santa Fe Opera, Walt Disney World, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Music Theatre of Wichita, Glimmerglass Opera, Busch Gardens Theme Park, Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Light Opera Oklahoma, and Black Hills Playhouse.


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Design & Production

As a professionally based training program, it is critical for TheatreOCU students to work within the industry as their collegiate career evolves. At the Oklahoma City University School of Theatre we strive to involve our students in the industry in a wide range of opportunities. Whether it is with our professional partners or through internships, TheatreOCU students are actively in our industry.

The School of Theatre and TheatreOCU have partnerships with four local professional performing arts companies. These affiliations give our students the opportunities to gain professional experiences in performance, design, production and management.


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